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Advocacy Speech

Prayer in Public Schools

Lindsay Thompson

on 29 April 2010

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Transcript of Advocacy Speech

Prayer in Public Schools Constitution History People Thesis statement: The allowance of prayer in public schools remains a narrow-minded practice and should be removed from the public school system at all levels of education. Write local Congressmen and school district leaders Look up local petitions Levels of education affected? Solutions or compromises? "When the government puts its imprimatur
on a particular religion it conveys a message
of exclusion to all those who do not adhere to the
favored beliefs. A government cannot be
premised on the belief that all persons are created
equal when it asserts that God prefers some."
-Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun TODAY No endorsement or inhibition Freedom of expression -Assuming no disruption anti Separation of church and state Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance Integration of church and state American colonies Founding fathers FREEDOM OF RELIGION Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment
of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. The Establishment Clause Violation of Constitution? According to the Californian No disruption No endorsement No inhibition Elementary High School University Students and Teachers Why? Tradition Everyday Beneficial Morals Saying Grace Good behavior Community's Faith INDIANA UNIVERSITY Office of University Ceremonies Representative Ban "...when thou prayest, enter into thy closet
and when thou has shut thy door, pray to thy Father
which is in secret..." - Mathew 6:6 Endorsement? Compromise Getting involved TAKE A SIDE! Greenwood High School Write to Congressmen or School District Leaders Thank you Any Questions?
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